July 16th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City teenager acknowledged her role in a methamphetamine deal that took place in April.
Rita Elswick, 19, pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Elswickâ€™s plea was part of an arrangement that will see three other charges against her dismissed. Sentencing will be to the discretion of Judge James Heuer.
Dealing methamphetamine is a Class B felony, which has a sentence range from 6 to 20 years. Elswick will be sentenced Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A year-long project came to completion just in time for the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair.
The Whitley County Farm Bureau donated $23,000 to Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H club to build a new platform at the grandstands â€” replacing the temporary trailer stage used in the past.
â€śWe thought a more permanent fixture would be nice,â€ť said Kevin Ousley, of the Whitley County Farm Bureau. â€śWe sold our old building and wanted to do something for the community.â€ť
Ousley said most of the farm bureauâ€™s board consists of previous 4-H members and 4-H families.
PIERCETON â€” Although most school-aged children do not want to think about school starting in August, administrators and school board members at Whitko Community School Corporation have already put plans in place for the 2013-14 year.
A work session was held at the beginning of July for school leaders to establish the goals for the upcoming school year.
Board of Tru-stees President Jorell Tucker said the school board is planning more of the same.
A new event hit the grandstands Monday night at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Truck enthusiasts tested their skills in mud-bogging pits, with sludge as deep as four feet.
Pictured above is John Mosher.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Center for Whitley County Youth not only offers students a place for development, it also extends opportunities for service â€” for adults.
Craig Langohr, 66, works part-time for The Center as the facility director. However, his job is not about the work, but about his chance to serve.
â€śI see it as my chance to take care of some things around the building that donâ€™t necessarily need Jeffâ€™s (Wike) attention,â€ť Langohr said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Beta Upsilon of Delta Theta Tau Chapter recently elected its new officers, completed its geranium sale, and has been preparing to send Jody Klopfenstein to National Convention in Mississippi.
She will be headed for Whispering Woods Conference Center in Olive branch, MS. While there, she will get to enjoy going through Elvis Presleyâ€™s home.
Here's what's going on at the Whitley County 4-H Fair Tuesday. To see a schedule for the entire week of fair events, see the July 15 or 16 issue of The Post and Mail.
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Large Show Arena
Sponsored by: Holzinger Seed Services, Inc.
Horse & Pony
Junior & Senior english
10 a.m. Horse Arena
Adult open class on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Mini Projects on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Shelterhouse
4-H exhibits on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Master gardeners programs
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair held its Parade of Champions Sunday.
The event highlights participants who have excelled in the 4-H program.
Ten-year project Reserve Champion was awarded to Jackie Leeuw. The Champion was Tiffany Schuman.
Tenure award winners were Haylee Gardner and Tiffany Schuman. This award recognizes 4-Hers for their achievement and tenure in 4-H.
Other awards included:
â€˘B.V. Award â€” Jessica Weitfield.
â€˘Hester Adams Award â€” Danielle Oliver and Jared Lamle.
â€˘Jim Teghtemeyer Award â€” Jared Lamle
The Whitley County 4-H Fair Demolition Derby was held Saturday night at the grandstands.
Pictured above, Kane Johnson (28) backs up while Eirc Romine (88) crashes into him. Also pictured is David Ernst (72).
Jeff Hinen won the Saturday night feature.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair was more than just a project for Justin Hinen, it was a lifestyle.
Hinen passed away at age 21 after a snowmobile accident in March, but his presence still carries on at this yearâ€™s fair.
At Saturday nightâ€™s demolition derby, a moment of silence was held for Hinen, and many of the derby cars had a sticker with his nickname, â€śSkinnyâ€ť and the number 7 (Hinenâ€™s derby number).
â€śThe demolition derby is a big deal in our family,â€ť Justinâ€™s brother Jeremy said. â€śMy brother and I grew up with it. 4-H and derbys are all we knew.â€ť